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Statement from Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson regarding the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) hearing on the cause of the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge collapse and safety recommendations

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Date:  Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Contact: Lars Erickson, WSDOT communications 360-705-7075

We appreciate the work of the NTSB and its recommendations. WSDOT has already begun acting on NTSB’s recommendations for improving access to data for the freight industry to better plan travel routes of oversized loads. We will work to enact all of its recommendations and will continue to work closely with the Washington State Legislature and freight industry on the recommendations that require legislative action.

Our national transportation system was built decades ago using assumptions and standards of oversized loads that differ from what we experience on our roadways today. I am pleased the NTSB recognizes the need for a national effort to provide uniform processes and operations. WSDOT has a history of proactively working with the freight industry and we will continue to be an active partner as these efforts progress. We all aim to provide the safest conditions possible for the traveling public.


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